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Children's LiteratureLook on the back of a one dollar bill and what do you see? A pyramid! Ninety pyramids were built by the ancient Egyptians in the desert. These are the ones that people recognize easily. However, ancient pyramids may be found all over the world; in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Central America and South America! Journey through a study of pyramids of all kinds in this book that is divided into chapters focusing upon Pyramids of: Treasure, Power, Enlightenment and Sacrifice. Stunning photographs of pyramids from all over the world augment the textual descriptions and historical evolution. A glossary defining unfamiliar terms including "mastaba" and "sarcophagus" is found at the end of the book along with recommended books and websites for further research. Part of the "Wonders of the World" series that also include such titles as "The Easter Island Statues," "The Great Barrier Reef," and "King Tut's Tomb." The author is a professional editor and writer, enjoys researching her African American and Native American heritage and lives with her family in Kansas. An elementary social studies unit pertaining to ancient civilizations would benefit from the inclusion of this book. Highly recommended. 2005, Thomson Gale, Ages 9 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan